Supervised Visitation & Safe Exchange
...are designed to assure that a child can have
safe contact with an absent parent.
What is Supervised Visitation?
Supervised Visitation refers to contact between a non-custodial parent and one or more children in the presence of a third person responsible for observing and seeking to ensure the safety of those involved.
What is Safe Exchange?
Supervised Exchanges, sometimes referred to as "Monitored Exchanges" or "Supervised/Monitored Transfers", is supervision of the transfer of the child from one parent to the other. Supervision is limited to the exchange or transfer only with the remainder of the parent/child contact remaining unsupervised.
click here for printable brochure
What is the purpose?
It is a tool that can help families as they go through difficult and/or transitional times. Some of the benefits for the various family members are:
For the children:
It allows the children to maintain a relationship with both of their parents, something that is generally found to be an important factor in the positive adjustment to family dissolution.
It allows them to anticipate the visits without stress of worrying about what is going to happen and to enjoy them in a safe, comfortable environment without having to be put in the middle of their parents' conflict and/or other problems
For the custodial parents:
You do not have to communicate or have contact with a person with whom you are in conflict or by whom you might be frightened or intimidated. The arrangements can be made by a neutral party (the visit supervisor) and there does not have to be contact before, during, or after the visits.
You can relax and feel comfortable allowing your child to have contact with the other parent-and can get some valuable time to yourself.
For the non-custodial parents:
You can be sure that your contact with your children does not have to be interrupted. You can visit without fear of any new accusations because there is someone present who can verify what happened during your time together. When using a professional service, you can also be assured that the supervisors are neutral and objective
Remember, this is about the children and their needs. It may require some sacrifices on the part of the adults involved. Do not let minor inconveniences interfere with children's needs and rights to have time and attention from all of the people they care about. You will probably not have any difficulty, if you can truly think about it from the child’s point of view.
request information about Supervised Visitation or Safe Exchange,
please complete the form below and click on the Submit button